A Public Service

I’ve been asked to help promote this, and why not? I don’t usually agree with the organization, but the idea of having more people involved is always a good thing to me. So, here it is:

The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, along with Montana Watchdog, invites all bloggers and the general public to a “citizen watchdog” event July 14 that focuses on online news and open government.

The Franklin Center will provide a full day of in-depth training to equip bloggers and citizens with the tools and skills to become a more effective activist and citizen watchdog. Participants will learn how to use investigative reporting skills, how to impact the state and local government budgeting process, and how to advance your message through social media.

The nonpartisan event is an opportunity for discussion and mingling among bloggers and citizens from throughout the state.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Lunch is included in the $10 registration fee. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive in Helena.

To register, go to: http://citizenwatchdoghelena.eventbrite.com/

If you have questions, contact Watchdog editor Phil Drake at phil@montanawatchdog.org or (406) 442-4561.

Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity promotes the education of the public about waste, corruption, incompetence, fraud and taxpayer abuse by public officials at all levels of government.

Franklin Center identifies, trains, and supports citizens and investigative journalists working to detect and expose corruption and incompetence in government at the state and local levels.

For more information on the Franklin Center, visit http://www.FranklinCenterHQ.org

For more information on Montana Watchdog, go to montanawatchdog.org.

Phil Drake
Montana Watchdog
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E-mail me at phil@montanawatchdog.org
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